Northeast Energy News

New England grid operator enacts new winter safeguards

GRID: ISO New England will enact two new initiatives to help ensure winter reliability, including a three-week energy forecast that monitors fuel supplies in the region. (Utility Dive)

REGULATION: Connecticut officials tell federal energy regulators to oppose a plan to provide ratepayer financial support to a gas-fired plant in Boston, saying the plant’s owner exercised unfair market power. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
A movement to power one million homes in New York with solar power by 2023 is gaining traction among lawmakers. (PV Magazine)
A residential solar loan program launched last year in Delaware has granted over $1 million in loans. (news release)
The clean energy industry sees Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker as a champion for solar in the Northeast. (Washington Examiner)

EFFICIENCY: New York City officials are preparing to release legislation that would force the city’s 50,000 largest buildings to dramatically cut their energy consumption. (Commercial Observer)

PIPELINES:
Federal energy regulators give a developer two more years to obtain the water quality approvals it needs to build a long-delayed natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York. (Reuters)
A U.S. district judge is expected to rule soon on whether to allow a pipeline developer to use eminent domain to build a controversial natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. (NJ Spotlight)

NATURAL GAS:
Developers want to build a $100 million liquified natural gas distribution terminal in central Massachusetts. (Worcester Business Journal)
A utility serving Upstate New York is spending $30 million a year as part of an ongoing effort to replace aging gas mains and service lines made of cast iron, wrought iron and steel. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

UTILITIES: A controversial Pennsylvania law that allows for more ratemaking flexibility could lead to new utility business models. (Utility Dive)

TRANSPORTATION: A transportation authority in eastern Pennsylvania wants to buy 10 more compressed natural gas buses to replace its aging diesel fleet. (The Express-Times)

CLIMATE: A Rhode Island green group appeals a decision by the state’s Department of Environmental Management to deny a petition asking it to adopt a plan to reduce climate change threats, saying it failed to provide an adequate explanation. (Uprise RI)

COMMENTARY:
Vermonters can help the local economy by heating their homes with wood instead of gas, says the assistant director of Renewable Energy Vermont. (VT Digger)
Embracing ratepayer-funded energy efficiency in New Hampshire may pose a threat to the state’s utilities, says New Hampshire’s Consumer Advocate. (InDepthNH)

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